Healthcare is complicated.
We are simplifying the tricky bits and protecting the most important.
Nye is a digital health startup that has kicked-off by making a simple little NHS-compliant browser-based telephone and video phone that enables any clinician, to call any patient, from any device, anywhere.
There are so many more things to be made simpler in health and care. This is just the beginning. Read the full story below
Once upon a time...
Nye was born off the back of an appetite to sustainably digitise the most frustrating parts of health, care and research. Everyone was in agreement that digital was the future, just exactly how, where and in what place, so that solutions actually improved people's health was the question.
A small team came together (leaving the world of clinical practice, academia, pharma, consulting and international development) to build the kindest community on earth. And the vehicle by which to do this? Nye (named after Aneurin Bevan, the man behind the UK's National Health Service...Wadda guy).
🛑STOP🛑 What do virtual clinical consultations have to do with kind communities?
Well, all the evidence points to the fact that your health is only partly made up by healthcare. What determines whether you are sick or healthy is a bit the tests, medications and healthcare interactions you have, it's a bit your genetics, but it's mostly where you live, where you work, what you eat, who you love. These are called your Social Determinants of Health.
Now, unfortunately, our health systems were not set up with this in mind. We look to our schools, transport systems, employers, public health and social care to solve these problems. And when they aren't? Our healthcare system picks up the pieces. Many of our healthcare facilities, like GP practices, are in a great position to be anchors in local communities, to think more holistically about people's health - the command centres of kindness and wellbeing you could say.
In February 2018, Nye started this long journey.
Here's an eco-(un)friendly analogy 🏭
Stage 1: Build the road 🛣️
We don't really have the digital infrastructure to link patients with their doctors in an easy, intuitive, accessible and seamless way, that's also deeply integrated into pre-existing health system processes, structures and information systems.
So we built this road: The Nye Phone, a tool that allows healthcare professionals to easily and safely call and communicate with their patients.
Stage 2: Build the cars 🚗
Once the road is there, we can start to build the cars that can take us from A to B. Hey, make it an electric car, we are quite conscientious folk. The cars here include applications, tools and functionalities on the back of the Nye Phone that allow patients to take better care of themselves, and allow clinicians to do their job better. These include establishing an intimate relationship between you and your healthcare data, getting you engaged in the wider community of research and science and helping you help your local community to lead healthier lives.
Stage 3: Share rides! 🏘️
We're skipping ahead to where we all help each other out, share cars, journeys and routes. Patients should be able to get the best treatment and be able to participate (if they want to!) in the health and welfare of others, as well as benefit as directly as possible from research. This means thinking sustainably and effectively when it comes to clinical trials, social prescribing and community-based care, but doing so in a way that makes use of people-power and grassroots engagement.
We're still in Stage 1, but we hope you'll join us on this darn important journey.